Lionel Messi has scored 42 goals from the outside box in football in the last five La Liga seasons.
Lionel Messi, full name Lionel Andres Messi, better known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine-born football (soccer) player who was awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year five times (2009–12 and 2015) . He was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.
Messi began playing football as a child and joined the junior team of Newells Old Boys in 1995. (a Rosario-based top-division football club). Messi’s extraordinary abilities attracted the interest of top teams on both sides of the Atlantic. Messi and his family moved to Barcelona at the age of 13, and he began playing for FC Barcelona’s under-14 team. He scored 21 goals in 14 games for the junior team, and he progressed rapidly through the higher tier levels, making his official debut at the age of 16 in a friendly with FC Barcelona.
In the 2004–05 season, Messi, who was 17 at the time, became the youngest official player and goal scorer in La Liga (Spain’s top football league). He was powerful, balanced and adaptable on the field, despite being just 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) tall and weighing 148 pounds (67 kg). Messi was a natural left-footed player who was quick and accurate in handling his ball and could easily make his way through crowded defenders. In 2005, he was granted Spanish citizenship, an honor that drew conflicting reactions from Barcelona’s ardent Catalan followers. The following year Messi and Barcelona won the Champions League (European Club Championship).
Following Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA World Player of the Year vote, Messi’s game has steadily improved over the years and as of 2008, he has established himself as one of the most influential players in the world. is in second place. has been installed. In early 2009, Messi finished a memorable 2008–09 season with his first “treble” (winning three major European club trophies in the same season) for FC Barcelona: the team won La Liga, the Copa del Rey (Spain’s most successful). successful). Successful). prestigious) won the tournament). big domestic cup), and the Champions League. During that season, he scored 38 goals in 51 games, and won the FIFA World Player of the Year award by a record margin against Ronaldo. During the 2009–10 season, Messi scored 34 goals in home games as Barcelona won La Liga for the second consecutive season. As Europe’s top scorer, he won the Golden Shoe award, and was voted World Player of the Year in 2010 (that year the trophy was renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or).
The following season, Messi led Barcelona to the La Liga and Champions League championships, earning him the honor of a third consecutive global player. He scored his 233th goal for Barcelona in March 2012, making him the club’s all-time greatest scorer in a La Liga game at the age of 24. He scored 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in the 2011–12 season (which included another Copa del Rey win), with 39-year-old Gerd Müller scoring the most goals in a single season in a major European football league. broke the record. . After a historic season, Messi was awarded the 2012 World Player of the Year, making him the first player to win the award four times. In 2012–13, he led La Liga with 46 goals, and Barcelona won their second consecutive domestic top-flight title. When he scored his 370th goal for Barcelona in 2014, he broke the club’s all-time goalscoring record. In the same year, he set career scoring records in both the Champions League and La Liga (with 72 goals) (with 253 goals). During the 2014–15 season, Messi led Barcelona to another triple, scoring 43 goals in the process, earning him his fifth Global Player of the Year award. In 2015–16, he scored 41 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, helping the team win the La Liga championship and the Copa del Rey. In 2016-17, Messi set a new record for Barcelona with 53 goals, giving the team another Copa del Rey victory. He scored 45 goals in 2017-18, and Barcelona won the La Liga and Copa del Rey double for the second year in a row. In the 2018–19 season, Messi scored 51 goals in all domestic competitions as Barcelona won another La Liga title. He earned the sixth Ballon d’Or of his career in December 2019.
Despite dual citizenship and professional success in Spain, Messi’s ties with his hometown remained strong, and he was a major component of several Argentine national teams starting in 2005. He was a member of Argentina’s 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship team, which competed in 2006. World Cup, and scored two goals in five games as the country won the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Argentina reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, when they lost to Germany for the second time in the World Cup. Messi had a brilliant performance in the 2014 World Cup, scoring four goals and almost single-handedly propelling Argentina through the group stage and reaching the knockout rounds, where Argentina won the World Cup for the first time. in 24 years. Argentina were beaten 1–0 by Germany in the match, although Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as Outstanding Player of the Tournament. He scored his 55th international goal in the 2016 Copa América Centenario competition, breaking Gabriel Batistuta’s Argentine scoring record. Messi announced his retirement from the national team after Argentina’s failure in the Copa final – the country’s third consecutive defeat in a major tournament – but his brief “retirement” was less than two months before he announced his return to Argentina. . . . He led the Argentine team that reached the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup, but they lost to eventual winners France in their first match. He was a member of Argentina’s Copa America third-place team in 2019.
Messi was one of the most famous athletes in the world off the field. He was a hugely successful product pitchman, notably for sportswear firm Adidas, in addition to earning a regular football salary, along with Ronaldo, one of the incomes of two of the biggest athletes in all professional sports. Messi and his father (who was in control of his son’s money at the time) were accused of tax fraud in 2013, allegedly using offshore shell companies to pay €4.2 million in Spanish taxes on sponsorship revenue. do. To avoid doing. Despite paying €5 million to the Spanish government, the two were ordered to stand trial on the charges in 2016. Messi and his father were both given suspended 21-month prison sentences in July of that year, with fines of €2 million and €1.5 million respectively.
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